TRIBUTE TO MY MUM!
My mum, Deaconess Beatrice Taye Adegbulu (14th April 1929 to 17th October 2018, buried on 8th February 2019), was a very good woman, a devout Christian, and a lover of humanity. We fondly called her Mama in her lifetime!
As far as I can remember, Mama welcomed everyone to our house with open arms and gave them her all. Nothing was too big or too small for her to give out to people. She was an avid giver!
Mama was a mother figure to everyone; our friends, relatives, neighbours, her colleagues at work, church members, etc. She loved and looked after them, and they found in her a sturdy shoulder, which they could lean on for support each time they were in distress.
My mother was very close to our in-laws, and she did everything humanly possible to make us the big family that we are today. She loved and prayed for them on a regular basis as well.
Mama loved Akure, Nigeria, our hometown, and at a time, she practically turned our house into an extension of Akure Land. She loved the people of Akure sincerely and revered our elders, most especially the Deji, our paramount leader.
She loved her husband, our father, Samuel Adejuyigbe Adegbulu (1924-1999) without flinching, and she took excellent care of him till he breathed his last on the 22nd of December 1999.
My mother never discriminated against any of her stepchildren. She treated them with decorum and kindness throughout. I am therefore not surprised that many people of good conscience praised and applauded her for her immense contributions to who they have become today.
Mama treated her biological children, Adejisola, Adeyinka, Adenike, Adedayo, Adekunle, and Aderonke, like other children in her care. However, she taught us to be there for one another, respect each other’s views, and show kindness to everyone we meet. Besides, she taught us not to bear grudge against anyone, no matter what.
She was my special ally and greatest supporter, and she looked forward to, enjoyed, and celebrated my successes with me each time. And each time I went down, she went down and rose up with me again. But despite the unalloyed love she had for me, she never hesitated to tell me off, each time I overstepped my boundaries.
Without a doubt, I will miss my mum greatly, but I will never forget who and how she was to me. Moreover, I will never forget her dedication to God, loyalty to people, deep-rooted kindness, and commitment to charitable pursuits.
May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace, in Jesus name. Amen.
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr Stoney)
Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker